420 E Hennepin Ave

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Re: 420 E Hennepin Ave

Postby J2arkitekt » June 12th, 2017, 6:47 am

That is pretty stupid if Frey really is telling the developer to limit their height.
If the developer is asking for variances or conditional use permits, the city council and planning department can do exactly that. It's taller than what zoning allows, taller than what the small area plan calls for, and uses the alleyway for access. Those are all things that need special permission. That gives the power to the city, not the developer.

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Re: 420 E Hennepin Ave

Postby Silophant » June 12th, 2017, 6:54 am

I don't think anyone's saying that the city/Frey can't do that, we're just saying it's dumb to, given that they gave all of those permissions to Nord Haus, the Atalus condo tower, and (I think) the previous version of the Mortenson tower, all just a couple blocks away. Not to mention that the CC blocked the previous proposal for this site as being not dense enough.

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Re: 420 E Hennepin Ave

Postby J2arkitekt » June 12th, 2017, 9:52 am

I don't think anyone's saying that the city/Frey can't do that, we're just saying it's dumb to, given that they gave all of those permissions to Nord Haus, the Atalus condo tower, and (I think) the previous version of the Mortenson tower, all just a couple blocks away. Not to mention that the CC blocked the previous proposal for this site as being not dense enough.
I don't disagree that all of those developments needed variances, or that density isn't desired. There is precedent to step down the height of the neighborhood as you head east, with RED20. That may be part of the ask. In addition to requiring variances, the current proposal does not address other neighborhood requirements, including a step back past the "Tier 1" height (roughly 80' for projects on Hennepin. The other projects that have been approved, all meet the basic district design standards that have been outlined (the Alatus project is outside of the NIEBNA neighborhood, and it's issues are separate). I don't mind a lot of what is happening with this project, but I believe showing renderings of a 10 story building, and the metrics for a 15 story building raises more questions that it can answer.

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Re: 420 E Hennepin Ave

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Re: 420 E Hennepin Ave

Postby mattaudio » February 5th, 2019, 10:38 am

Can we unskew/unsuck these intersections before development happens? We already lost that chance up at Central Ave and 7th/8th Streets due to new development.

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Re: 420 E Hennepin Ave

Postby lordmoke » February 5th, 2019, 11:28 am

Wow, that's worlds nicer than the last set of plans.

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Re: 420 E Hennepin Ave

Postby Seth » February 5th, 2019, 12:34 pm

That's really sharp! Love the brick and restrained use of design elements.

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Re: 420 E Hennepin Ave

Postby Lisa I. RoadBot » February 5th, 2019, 2:14 pm

That's really sharp! Love the brick and restrained use of design elements.
Agreed!
Not a bad looking building, a couple of floors of office wouldn't be a bad addition
to the project, it has a stately, official, vintage look to it-

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Re: 420 E Hennepin Ave

Postby trkaiser » February 5th, 2019, 2:38 pm

I'm shocked that came back so nicely upgraded. Now we just need a proposal for that Wells Fargo...

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Re: 420 E Hennepin Ave

Postby alexschief » February 5th, 2019, 3:47 pm

Looks like this would be an IZ project? Current zoning on this lot is C2.

If so, that might explain the increase of two floors from the original proposal, from eleven to thirteen. This would be the second proposal to respond to the new IZ rules by going higher instead of cancelling the project. That would be a really encouraging trend.

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Re: 420 E Hennepin Ave

Postby Nick » February 5th, 2019, 7:16 pm

Condos are exempt from the interim inclusionary requirement.

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Re: 420 E Hennepin Ave

Postby Silophant » February 5th, 2019, 8:08 pm

Whoa, really?

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Re: 420 E Hennepin Ave

Postby jtoemke » February 5th, 2019, 8:33 pm

Building looks great.

And just to contribute to the last three posts, I think Inclusionary Zoning is a bad idea. Good goals, bad idea.

Should people have access to safe, secure housing. Yes for sure. Does this include brand new apartments that are easily double my rent at an "affordable" rate. I don't think so.

If these units went for $400 a month, I'd be more likely to agree. But if you make 40k a year, the rent is like an unbelievable 1k a month. I know that meets the 30% rule but omg its expensive.

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Re: 420 E Hennepin Ave

Postby Nick » February 5th, 2019, 8:40 pm

Whoa, really?
Sorry, should have linked. Top of page 3:

http://www.ci.minneapolis.mn.us/www/gro ... 214877.pdf

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Re: 420 E Hennepin Ave

Postby alexschief » February 6th, 2019, 8:30 am

Condos are exempt from the interim inclusionary requirement.
Word.

Then they're just going higher because they can, which is also a good trend.

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Re: 420 E Hennepin Ave

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Re: 420 E Hennepin Ave

Postby ko123 » July 3rd, 2020, 1:01 pm

If you look close enough there are no doors to the large balconies on the prominent corner.

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Re: 420 E Hennepin Ave

Postby Silophant » July 3rd, 2020, 2:42 pm

If the Planning Commission cares about consistency, they should block this unless it meets the 10-story minimum for Transit 30, like they did for the building on the Thrivent block.

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Re: 420 E Hennepin Ave

Postby MattW » July 6th, 2020, 10:47 am

For a good time, read the letter at the end of the packet.

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Re: 420 E Hennepin Ave

Postby EOst » July 6th, 2020, 12:10 pm

My fave is the proposed narrow sidewalk on Hennepin wedged between new parking bays and some unnecessary landscaping.


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